Niemans in the News

  1. Robert Clark, NF ’61, dies in Ohio - April 1

    Robert P. “Bob” Clark, a retired top editor of The Courier-Journal and The Louisville Times, died recently in Ohio. He was 91. Under his leadership, the newspapers won three Pulitzer Prizes. Clark also served as president of the Associated Press Managing Editors Association and of the American Society of Newspaper Editors. Learn more »

  2. Memorial Service for Anthony Lewis Is Set - March 25

    A memorial service will be held May 23 for Anthony Lewis, a former New York Times reporter and columnist, author, and longtime advocate for free speech and justice, who died on March 25 at the age of 85.

    The service will be held at 3 p.m. at Memorial Church in Harvard Yard.

    A Nieman Fellow in the class of 1957, Lewis was a constitutional law expert whose groundbreaking coverage of the Supreme Court changed the way complex legal matters are reported in the United States.

    Learn more »

  3. Longtime urban-affairs specialist Grady Clay, 96, dies - March 19

    Grady Clay, NF ’49, a journalist and a leading national authority on urban design who wrote for The Courier-Journal and edited Landscape Architecture Quarterly, died Sunday, March 17, at 96. Architect and friend Steve Wiser called Clay “one of the nation’s leading urban design thinkers.” Learn more »

  4. Kevin Cullen wins ASNE’s Batten Medal - March 18

    Boston Globe columnist Kevin Cullen, a 2003 Nieman Fellow, has won the Batten Medal for individual achievement in public-service journalism from the American Society of News Editors. Cullen, who also received the award in 2008, is the only journalist to have won the Batten twice. Judges praised his work saying “Kevin Cullen's work epitomizes the values Jim Batten stood for: compassion, honesty, courage and a high regard for those on the margins of contemporary society. In compact prose, Cullen tells powerful stories that move the heart and get results; he's not just a chronicler of the human condition, he's an advocate for those whose lives he touches." Learn more »

  5. Remembering Murrey Marder, Washington Post reporter and Nieman Watchdog founder - March 12

    Longtime Washington Post reporter and Nieman Watchdog Project founder Murrey Marder died on March 11 at the age of 93. A tireless crusader for watchdog and accountability journalism, he retired as a diplomatic correspondent for the Post in 1985 after reporting there for nearly four decades. During his long and storied career, he covered topics ranging from the Alger Hiss trial the 1964 Gulf of Tonkin Resolution and was perhaps best known for challenging Sen. Joseph McCarthy’s anti-Communist investigations in the 1950’s. In 1957, he opened the Post's London bureau, the first of the Washington Post Foreign Service. Marder was a Nieman Fellow in the class of 1950 and used his life savings to fund the Nieman Watchdog Project at Harvard.

    Learn more about Marder’s legacy to journalism »

  6. Dorothy Parvaz, receives McGill Medal for Journalistic Courage - March 8

    Journalist Dorothy Parvaz, a 2009 Nieman Fellow who was jailed and interrogated for several weeks in 2011 while attempting to cover the civil war in Syria, will receive the McGill Medal for Journalistic Courage. A reporter for Al Jazeera’s English channel in Qatar, she was detained and jailed when she entered Syria in April 2011. Authorities there held for three days then deported to Iran, where she was held and interrogated for more than two weeks before being sent back to Qatar.

    She will receive the medal from the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication and its McGill Program in Journalistic Courage in the fall. Learn more »

  7. Robert A. Caro wins National Book Critics Circle Award - March 6

    Robert A. Caro, NF ’66, has won a National Book Critics Circle Award for The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson the fourth installment of his widely acclaimed biography of the 36th president of the United States. Earlier volumes of Caro’s biography of Johnson have won top literary and journalism awards including two Pulitzer Prizes, two previous National Book Critics Circle Awards, the Francis Parkman Prize, and the National Book Award. Lean more »

  8. Beth Macy wins SABEW Award - February 26

    Beth Macy, NF ’10, has won a Society of American Business Editors and Writers award for her three-part Roanoke Times series Picking Up the Pieces. Her reports examine how globalization has ravaged manufacturing in parts of Virginia and what communities are doing to try to recover. In the town of Martinsville alone, unemployment is estimated to be as high as 35 percent. Learn more »

  9. Three Nieman Fellows win George Polk Awards - February 20

    Three Nieman alumni have won George Polk Awards in Journalism for their work in 2012:

    • As a Sky News correspondent reporting for CBS News, Holly Williams, NF ’08, and cameraman Andrew Portch won the Polk Award for Television News Reporting for their coverage of Chinese human rights campaigner Chen Guangcheng.
    • Hannah Allam, NF ’09, a member of the team of McClatchy Newspapers correspondents covering the civil war in Syria, shares the George Polk Award for War Reporting for the series “Inside Syria.”
    • Frontline producer Michael Kirk, NF ’80, and correspondent Martin Smith won the Polk Award for Documentary Television Reporting for “Money, Power and Wall Street,” a four-part investigation into the global financial crisis.
    The Polk Awards will be presented in New York on April 11, 2013. This year’s George Polk Seminar, “A Revolution Betrayed: Covering Corruption and Human Rights in China,” will feature Holly Williams and David Barboza of The New York Times. Learn more »

  10. Values and Voting Systems - February 20

    Souad Mekhennet, NF ’13, reports on the state of reform in Bahrain two years after the Arab Spring: “Western politicians, the public, and political organizations were quick to take the side of those who went on the street and protested. Some of them genuinely wanted democracy, but many were actually protesting against corruption or for more rights and resources. And, anyway, not everyone who claimed to be protesting for democracy was talking about rights and values but about voting systems.” Read more »

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